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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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When I first visited the National Museum, I was ecstatic. Never in my my life did I even aim to go there. Maybe because none of us in my family strongly felt about art, specifically towards historical paintings. Maybe because we frequented malls more than museums. Maybe because I had no one to go with. Or maybe because, out of a shallow reason, I didn’t know how to go there or where it was even located. So I never went.

But during the first few days of our dating phase, I learned that Jec is a huge fan of history. He really wanted to bring me to National Museum and give me a tour.  So he did. When we got to the Lumad part where you could see the weapons, clothing, livelihood tools,musical instruments,  etc. used by our indegienous people, I just cried. It’s like something strong came over me while I was looking at this particular painting, then I started having goosebumps all over my body, and  the next thing I knew I was crying.

Why?

Because right then and there, through a mere painting, I saw how beautiful our country is, yet we take it for granted. We travel overseas to eat exotic food but put our local travel destinations at the end of our list because “it’s always going to be there anyway”. And it just breaks my heart just knowing that that is a fact. 

Moving forward, I had the same feeling when I attended this particular art event in SM Megamall two weeks ago. I didn’t exactly cry. But I saw these sets of photographs and thought, “someday I would be able to take beautiful photos just like that”.  And believe when I say I want to achieve something, I give it all my heart and soul.

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Last Sunday, October 9, I accompanied Jec on his tour gig and assigned myself as the photographer. LOL. This is actually funny because they didn’t really ask for any documentation, but I wanted to do this for myself (also because I was the proudest girlfriend that day).

Basically, we roamed around the placed that we’ve been to before, but this time with a group of local tourists. Instead of getting a professional tour guide, Jec’s former schoolmate asked him to tour them around instead since he knows a lot about those places. So we went. As per usual, I raped Jec’s DSLR’s shutter button. I took about 400 photos without really counting. It was unintentional, but as you would know, I’m a photo hoarder!

Coincidentally, my younger brother who is also into photography (and takes better photos), installed the Lightroom app on my laptop and so that’s when my love affair with Lightroom began. I experimented with the filters, color graded the photos to my heart’s desire, added additional effects as necessary (more on grain), and had an entire album of my Lightroom-post-processed creative shots. To be fair, though, I’m not even sure if these are creative enough, but you be the judge. I just want to share with you all my first album from Lightroom. 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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I woke up this morning dreading the day ahead. I’ve never been particularly fond of Monday, but it was somehow harder for me to get up because I’ve been MIA from work for weeks because of my recent dengue so that somehow meant that I needed to start from scratch and tap the writer in me. Fortunately for me, work is light today, so I don’t have to go on full-blown writer mode. My tasks are enough to put me back on track.

Having spent the last few days in the hospital and at home made me crave for an adventure again. The last time that I was out and about was when Jec and I went to Intramuros and Escolta, a few days before I got sick, and admittedly, I’m starting to get sick with malls because now I only need them for personal errands and nothing more. I’d rather go elsewhere than spend a day in a mall, case in point. I mentioned to Jec that I wanted to do something next weekend that would bring me some adrenaline rush since I’m ready to be pumped up again. I remembered my photos from Escolta and I’ve been meaning to make a photo dump here in my blog, so that’s what I’ll be doing now until the weekend arrives again.

It’s a bit chilly. It’s way colder than your average day in Manila, my stomach is grumbling from hunger, and it’s been drizzling nonstop since this morning, but I don’t mind. I actually like it. Cold weather always lifts my mood, especially when it stays chill all day so there’s one less reason for me to be grumpy from the Manila heat.

Anyway, enough of this talk. Let me take you back to July 23 on a warm Saturday when Jec and I shed pounds from walking some of the famous streets of Manila.

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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This will be a quick blog post.

I woke up, showered, and prepared my things for work. I opened my Internet browser and went on Facebook. I saw this post by Jimbo, as fans know him by, but his real name is Mark Alexander Cuenco. I had a huge crush on him since I discovered his Twitter account (even before he was interviewed for having sexually provocative tweets) and fell in love with his words. But not just that, I’m in love with his talent, with his passion, with his sense of who he is. Now I find this post of his very timely as I struggle and, at the same time, aspire to become a better writer and find means to put myself out there. This only fueled my fire more. Thanks, babe. 😉

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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I happen to believe that we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels – that’s creative living. The often surprising results of that hunt – that’s what I call Big Magic.

(Elizabeth Gilbert )

It constantly amazes me where avid readers get the energy to write a book review in a manner that they can relate the events to their own life journey. The fact that you can finish an entire book for a review is amazing enough for me. However, after so much contemplation on this particular book, I finally got myself a copy (and the last one in the bookstore, at that!) and truly, I can say, how epic it is for some hundreds-page book to impact my life so much.

I’m talking about Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

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